While I sympathize with what you're saying, my initial thought on reading your post is that there are lots
of comparatively rare specialties for which nursing students aren't prepared in school -- but, nowadays, students are getting such minimal preparation in the necessary, universal basics of nursing that I really can't see justifying spending time in school to prepare students for a area in which so few nurses (comparatively) will ever work. To me, this is one of those "need
to know vs. nice
to know" kind of questions (a concept that we discussed a lot
in curriculum meetings in the last BSN program in which I taught ...). Sure, it would be great to prepare entry-level nursing students for every kind of nursing position they may ever encounter, but how realistic is that? My undergrad research course only covered the bare minimum of reading and understanding a research study. As I recall, there wasn't a lot of "extra" content in the course (or room
for extra content). What should we jettison from the current basic nursing research courses to include content in "clinical trial process and study coordinating," beyond perhaps making students aware that that is one career option that may possibly be available to them?
So many nursing curricula have already cut so far back on areas like psych, OB, peds, etc. that I really can't see trying to work another specialty in
. Is this content (clinical trial process and study coordinating) necessary for safe entry into practice?? Is this a "core competency" in nursing? I'm not really seeing how.
My own specialty is psych nursing, and it pains me greatly to see how little preparation in psych nursing students are getting these days, esp. when it is one of the few areas of nursing that applies across all domains (no matter what area of nursing you work in, you're going to be dealing with people who are angry, afraid, anxious, in crisis -- you're going to be needing good therapeutic communication skills to be an effective nurse, and
you're going to be dealing with folks with psych illnesses (psych patients get sick, have babies, need surgery, etc., too
) -- yet that seems to be one area schools
always feel they can cut back on ... We all have our "pet" area that we feel strongly deserves greater emphasis in nursing school
, but there's no way it can all be crammed into the existing ADN or BSN framework.
Have you considered contacting nursing schools in your area and offering to come speak about your job? I know from teaching in ADN and BSN programs that instructors are often eager
to have people who are enthusiastic about what they do come talk to students about different, less common areas of nursing. That would be something you could do personally to at least increase awareness and provide some basic information (I've done that quite a bit with my specialty, child psych nursing, and have found students to be v. receptive and appreciative).